The purpose of a mosque is to serve, educate and inspire. So mosques are not just ‘places of prayers’ – in modern terminology, they are community centres as well.
I had noticed though that my local mosque in Nottingham for many years has seen low numbers of women attending – and this prompted me to look at local women’s views of their mosques. I wanted to understand why women were not using the mosque, and why the mosque was not at the heart of their community. So I embarked on a research project, ‘Women’s attitudes towards attending masjid’.